With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, I’ve been thinking about my history with this holiday – specifically how my husband, Michael, and I have celebrated over the years.
Our first few (well … many) years together, I didn’t have any money for expensive gifts. Instead, I got creative. One year, I bought a nice pair of men’s dark socks and convinced my sister to stitch his initials on the band at the top. Another year, I gave him (because he’s a doctor) a picture of an X-ray of ribs with a photo-shopped (not medical) heart in the right spot.
As the years have gone by, I’ve found that I like to stick to those beginning roots of simple and heartfelt. I have given him etched Cranberry glass, our initials carved in a wood sheet made to look like a trunk of a tree and even boxers with our initials.
Once we had children and they got bigger, I would give them undies or PJ’s with hearts on them (usually from Old Navy). Then, I’d make a “fancy” dinner and plan some crazy desert I didn’t know how to make – like a chocolate soufflé one year. I’d ask them to dress nice for dinner, which often ended up like Anchorman – jammies on the bottom and sport coats or fancy shirts up top. Just a special, out of the ordinary evening together!
Now that our kids are grown, Michael and I have gone out to dinner some years. But it’s become such a to do – you need early reservations and it’s so expensive. I think it’s nicer to make a special dinner, dress up, light candles and make a restaurant-like atmosphere at home. Sweet and romantic!
And as for this year’s gift – I’ve already got it planned. I had a crafty friend cross-stitch napkins with our initials and bought a beautiful box with carved hearts (from my friend’s store, Maude Woods), which I’m filling with guitar picks.
Here’s to you and yours on Valentine’s Day – I hope it’s the sweetest!
P.S. – It’s never too late to find love! After my mother’s transition to assisted living in the fall, she met her new man and is happier than she has been in 20 years! So here’s to keeping our hearts and minds open!